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David Reade QC

Called Called in 1983



About David Reade QC

David is recognised as one of the Country’s leading silks in commercial litigation and employment law. He has appeared in many leading authorities.

His approach to work is reflected by the quotations which appear from his clients in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers & Partners 2013 describe David as a "delightful guy who is very sharp-witted and highly approachable", "imaginative in his thinking" and his "courtroom performances are extremely smooth and authoritative" impressed sources say.

In the last two years the directories have quoted clients as saying of David that he was "clear, practical and extremely effective.”   "a robust and fearless presence,”, "able to deal with really knotty issues”, "vivacious, bold and brilliant","pleasingly straightforward” and "helpful in getting you out of a tight spot”.

He brings to his work experience across a broad spectrum of legal practice which has refined as his career has developed into his present fields of specialism. In dealing with clients he prides himself on being approachable and providing a service geared to the needs of the client for, as one of his clients said, he is not a  'one size fits all' type of practitioner; he tailors his approach to each client and case with great meticulousness." .

He is also an ADR qualified mediator.

Personal Details

Education: Silk: 2006
Appointments: Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers

Specialist Practice Areas

Recently Concluded Cases

Recent cases include ( it is in the nature of this litigation that much of it resolves without there being reported decisions and in circumstances where there is considerable sensitivity about the issues):

  • Truman v Bank of Scotland [2005] C.C.L.R Four party credit card arrangements and third party processing
  • Tuviyahu v American Express (CA 12th July 2000) (acting for Amex)Payment Cards and the application of the Consumer Credit Act.

He has recently successfully defended a number of other banks in substantial claims and acted for a leading bank in connection with the insolvency of a major retailer and the transaction and charge back issues which arose from the insolvency. He has particular experience of credit card transactions over the internet and of the issues surrounding "third party processing".

His commercial work embraces a wide range of issues, examples of his work include:

  • Minter v Julius Baer [2005] Pensions promise and the construction of a pension deed
  • Webb and Scarr v Silbury and Petroplas [2005] Breach of warranty and valuation of the sale of company
  • Modelboard v Outer Box (In Liquidation) retention of title clauses and insolvent businesses
  • Phelps v Spon-Smith [2000] BCLC Assignment of causes of action and professional negligence
  • Lawson v Coombes [1999] Ch 373 constructive trusts
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